Educational Leadership, Post-Secondary M.Ed.

This program leads to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and is intended for current or prospective leaders engaged in the post-secondary system.

  • Grounded in research, theory, and practice
  • Focuses on the study of leadership in various practical educational settings.
  • Encourages students to view issues and problems they encounter in their workplace in deeper, more complex and educative ways.
  • Relates scholarly and humanistic questions and concepts to professional knowledge of ethics, administrative processes, policy, and leadership.


The M.Ed. is awarded to students who demonstrate:

  • The systematic acquisition and interpretation of a significant body of knowledge necessary for advanced professional practice.
  • A detailed understanding of applicable methods for research and advanced academic enquiry.
  • The ability to conceptualize, design and implement a research program for the generation of new knowledge that will satisfy the highest standards of academic and professional review.

This program extends over six terms, beginning in Fall 2014 and concluding in Summer 2016. The Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership is awarded following the completion of a series of six courses and a culminating Comprehensive Examination.

Students complete:

EDUC 818-5    Leadership Studies

This course examines three interrelated aspects of educational leadership studies of conceptual and theoretical foundations, with a particular emphasis on ethics of leadership; current research in the field, including feminist and cultural critiques; and topical issues and problems of leadership practice. Considerations of leadership character and role, power and authority in organizational relationships, and organizational goal achievement are central to the course.

EDUC 813-5    Organizational Theory and Analyses

This course critically examines organizations in which educational leaders work from different theoretical perspectives and in light of research evidence. It also critiques several past and current reform initiatives, and explores specific topics in-depth. A central and pervasive question of the course concerns organizational purposes, especially with respect to learning, and how these purposes are served by organizational structures and processes.

EDUC 864-5    Research Designs in Education

Designing and interpreting research about education. Introduction to survey techniques, correlational designs, classic experimental and evaluation designs for investigating causal relations, case study methods, interpretive approaches to research. Students with credit for EDUC 814 may not take this course for further credit.

EDUC 817-5    Policy Processes

This course examines three interrelated aspects of policy studies as a critical function of the educational leadership role: conceptual and theoretical foundations concerning policy, policy actors, and policy processes; current research in the field; and topical issues and problems. It also considers social, economic and political contexts (e.g. technologization, corporatization, pluralism) and how they affect education.

EDUC 806-5    Selected Problems in Higher Education

This course is determined in context with the program.

EDUC 904-5    Fieldwork III

The Faculty Sponsor will provide further information regarding the Fieldwork course.

EDUC 883-5    M.Ed. Comprehensive Examination

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Faculty Sponsor

Admission Information

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants must meet SFU master's admission requirements.

  1. A bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses from a recognized university, or the equivalent. In exceptional cases, applications will be considered where the applicant has followed an alternate educational path and the applicant has extensive experience in an educational or professional setting.

  2. Submitted evidence that the applicant is capable of undertaking advanced work in the area of interest. This is usually judged from letters of reference from qualified referees and an academic writing sample.

  3. Several years of exemplary and varied educational and professional experience, preferably in the area of interest.

Students whose primary language is not English may be required to satisfy the University and the graduate program committee as to their capability in English (i.e. TOEFL / IELTS scores). Academic equivalency by country.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Program Format:

The Master of Education (MEd) program is designed for practicing educators in the post-secondary system. This two-year degree offers the opportunity to obtain a high quality Masters degree in your local community through a schedule geared to the working professional.

  • Focused on improvement of practice through the study of educational theory, philosophy and practice.
  • The program is co-designed to flexibly accommodate the demanding lifestyles and schedules of today's educational professionals.
  • Cohort-based with seven 5-unit courses over six terms.
  • Classes meet every second or third weekend on Friday evening and Saturdays at the program location.

Program Fees:

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Admissions Contacts:

For admissions/course registration, contact Trina Zindler (; 778-782-8120). If Trina is unavailable, contact other staff in the Surrey Graduate Programs office.

Learn more about the Faculty of Education Graduate Student Funding Policy.

Information about financial support is available from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.

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